Jungle (Norton Critical Edition Series) / Edition 1

Jungle (Norton Critical Edition Series) / Edition 1

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by Upton Sinclair
     
 

ISBN-10: 039397779X

ISBN-13: 9780393977790

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

The Jungle's influence has been extraordinary for a literary work. Upton Sinclair's 1906 landmark novel is widely credited with awakening the public fury that led to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act (1906), a watershed in consumer protection and government legislation.
This story of the immigrant experience in the harrowing Chicago stockyards has drawn

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The Jungle's influence has been extraordinary for a literary work. Upton Sinclair's 1906 landmark novel is widely credited with awakening the public fury that led to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act (1906), a watershed in consumer protection and government legislation.
This story of the immigrant experience in the harrowing Chicago stockyards has drawn comment from historians, policymakers, and literary critics, and it is a widely assigned teaching text. The novel is accompanied by an introduction and explanatory annotations.
"Contexts and Backgrounds" provides readers with an understanding of The Jungle's disparate social, historical, political, and literary dimensions. Included are autobiographical selections by the author; contemporary perspectives on the meatpacking industry, including writings by Theodore Dreiser, Adolphe Smith, and J. Ogden Armour; and commentary on the living conditions of immigrant workers. Historical studies by Jimmy Skaggs, Rick Halpern, James Barrett, Robert M. Crunden, John Braeman, William Cronon, and Eric Schlosser address the central issues: slaughterhouse abuses, protectionism and The Beef Trust, muckraking, Progressivism, and consumer rights.
"Criticism" collects eight provocative readings of The Jungle as a literary text, as a historical document in its own right, as a contribution to Progressive-era muckraking, and as an important work in urban, economic, and labor history. Contributions include Jack London, Edward Clark Marsh, Winston Spencer Churchill, Walter Rideout, June Howard, Scott Derrick, Michael Brewster Folsom, and Christopher P. Wilson.
A Selected Bibliography is also included.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393977790
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Series:
Norton Critical Editions Series
Edition description:
Standard Edition (1906)
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
502,732
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
A Note on the Text
The Text of The Jungle1
The Author in his Own Words331
Excerpts form the Appeal to Reason Version of The Jungle331
Sinclair and Sentimentalism331
An Alternate Ending332
The Early Life of a Muckraker345
What Life Means to Me348
What Socialism Means to Me353
Art and Propaganda354
Contemporary Perspectives on the Meatpacking Industry357
Interview with P. D. Armour357
Portrait of a Beef Baron362
The Beef Trust365
The Perfection of Capitalism371
Cruelty to Animals374
A Packer's Rebuttal376
Division of Labor in the Meatpacking Industry380
Social and Economic Implications of the Division of Labor381
Living Conditions and the Immigrant Worker388
From Lithuania to the Chicago Stockyards - An Autobiography388
Immigrant Wages and Family Budgets396
Housing Conditions in Chicago, Ill.: Back of the Yards407
From The Social Problems at the Chicago Stock Yards415
Immigrant Women and Prostitution419
The "Poor Man's Club": Social Functions of the Urban Working-Class Saloon423
Slaughterhouse Humor427
Historical Studies428
Market Conditions and the Beef Trust428
Racial and Ethnic Divisions in the Slaughterhouses431
Packingtown's Women Workers and Labor Resistance441
Muckraking, Progressivism, and the Pure Food and Drug Law445
The Extension of Federal Power459
The Packing Industry in the Ecosystem465
Back to The Jungle: A View from the Twenty-first Century475
What Jack London Says of The Jungle483
The Jungle485
The Chicago Scandals: The Novel Which Is Making History487
Jurgis's Conversion490
Sinclair's Documentary Strategy493
Gender in The Jungle497
The Development of The Jungle503
The Ironies of Progressive Era Authorship512
Selected Bibliography523

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The Jungle 3.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 197 reviews.
Joshua Lenon More than 1 year ago
Unreadable due to bad scanning
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is missing segments. Don't waste your money!
pf3855 More than 1 year ago
Bad ebook version. Do not purchase
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DO NOT BUY unless "unabridged" doesn't mean anything to you. Sinclair's original text had 36 chapters, this book has the more commonly released 31 chapters. Shame on B&N!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book, but this version starts in the middle of chapter 9. Very unhappy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The print was entirely too small. I purchased it, but was unable to read it. I tried changing the letter size (Aa), pinch and zoom nothing worked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My profession is in the field of food safety. I have been both and government inspector and now work in industry training people who handle our food every day. It is my professional interest which originally drove me to read this book years ago. I recommend this book to students in my advanced food safety certification classes. The public outcry from the publication of this book actually caused the federal government to do something about the safety of the food supply, and the results of which have led to our current system of food safety regulations and inspections. Food safety is not the only relevant topic from this book. Although considered muckracking journalism, it is also one of the original examples of investigative journalism. The author originally intended this book to promote socialism, but instead it led to reform of our food regulatory system. The narrative story of the book may not be a gripping tale, but it is used well as a device to help the reader understand what was happening in the food packing industry at the time, as well as the politics and economic realities of the times.
kymafia More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in history, social living, or ethics. Great book, fairly easy to read save for a few words that I needed to look up. It went fast and it really pulls you into the lives of the people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book until the end. Loved the meat-packing industry outings and characters. Truely disliked the end. Polical ending was out of place and unnecessary and killed the book for me.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keep writting.
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Rossie opened his cage and flew around the house, waiting, for three days, to see if anyone would save him. Finally, Carrie, the neighboor's cat, showwed up. <p> "Oh," she meowed, "look what we have here." <br> "Just get me out!" <br> "Fine, but you'll owe me your life." <br> "Ok, ok! Anything, PLEASE." <br> Carrie leapt through the window, breaking it. Her collar was ripped off by the glass. <br> Rossie flew down to her. <br> "Get the chihuahua puppy from my house and meet me at the treehouse in your yard." Carrie said. <br> "Ok." Rossie said. <p> He flew to the McGuyre house and snatched the tiny puppy up in his talons. He started to fly, startled by the sudden change in weight. The puppy, Joejo, started to protest. <br> "Hey! What're you doing? Where are you going? Why are you taking me?" <br> "Carrie told me to," Rossie awnsered simply. <p> Rossie landed with the puppy. "So, what now?" <br> "We are going to start a revolution." <br> "WHAT?" Both Rossie and Joejo said at the same time. <br> Carrie dropped a map of the world, and she even had a map of each country, each continent, and each city! "We are going to get all the animals of the world to join together. Humans keep us as slaves. They ki<_>ll us! Bacon, beef, steak, fried chicken, all the skins and animals they hang on the walls, zoos, pets, and in the massive animal shelters, they mur<_>der us when we don't get adopted!" <br> Rossie squacked. "I never though of it that way...." <br> Joejo yipped. "HOW ARE WE GOING TO CROSS THE OCEAN!" <br> "First, we'll start with our town. Then, we'll get the nearest farms. Then, we'll take the cities. Once we own our state, we will get the nearest states. Finally, we will own america! And eventually, we will have the world. Remember not to get shot." <br> "No way. You can't take the world! You're just a cat!" <br> "I may be a cat, Rossie, but I know a certain parot who can speak people." <br> "UUGH. I don't speak people very well!" <br> "How are we going to do this?" Joejo bu<_>tted in. <br> "It doesn't matter how well, just as long as you can," Carrie snapped at Rossie. She then turned to Joejo. "We will convince every animal." <p> (Get a notepad and start writing down names and whatnot. You'll need it. Three reveiws and I continue!)
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Many errors, unable to read.
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Dont rp here in warroirs books
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I work in a meat plant, so thats why i read this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember learning about this book in middle school. and I finally got to read it. This book became infamous because of its muck raking having to do with treatment of animals and workers in the meat industry, but it's funny this book really is not about the slaughterhouses. great story, a classic that everyone should read at least once
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book isnt that bad...if you do not mind the typos. Also The Jungle is written in awkward places like in the middle of a sentence. Otherwise a good book for the fact it is free.